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Dens, Daisies & Discoveries takes learning Outside

Dens, Daisies & Discoveries takes learning Outside Primary School Teacher, Josie Carding, has left the classroom, to take learning outdoors. After teaching in an inner city, Carlisle school, Josie has taken the leap to set up her own business ‘Dens, Daisies & Discoveries’, in order to get children more active and reconnected with the natural […]

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Our Lakes series – Derwent Water

Images by Andrew Locking If it wasn’t for the passage of time, weather and erosion we may never have ever featured Derwent Water as part of ‘Our Lakes’ series. It was once part of a much larger lake which would have merited nothing more than a few extra words in our Bassenthwaite feature earlier this […]

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Ewe too – Herdwick Sheep

Images courtesy of Andrew Locking The Lake District would look very different without the iconic Herdwick and you’ll spot plenty about at this time of year as the inclement weather brings them off the fells and into the valleys and farms. These unique woolly flocks are vital to the maintenance of the landscape as lovable […]

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Western Walks – Lanthwaite Hill

Distance: 4.0 miles Ascent: 400 feet Brackenthwaite Hows is one of the Lakes’ most breathtaking views and inspired a JMW Turner watercolour on his first visit to the Lake District in 1797.  This short walk has been popular since and is renowned for its views, bluebells, wildflowers, wildlife and history. Lanthwaite Hill is shown on […]

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Get active at Whinlatter Forest

Feature image by Jerry Tatton If you’re looking for the gift that keeps on giving, then treat your loved ones to a year of memories and purchase a year’s membership to England’s only mountain forest. Membership provides free car parking, discount in the Visitor Centre shop, Siskins Café, Cyclewise, Go Ape and a range of […]

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Western Walks – Skiddaw

Ascent: 3,300 feet Distance: 7.4 miles Moderate to strenuous Skiddaw is not as rugged as some other Lake District peaks but it retains some very special qualities. Set apart from its neighbours it has unrestricted views from its summit and the view over the south side is arguably the best in the county. Across the […]

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Western Walks feature – Nether Wasdale

Distance: 6.6 miles Ascent: 500 feet While it’s great to hit the top of a fell and cast your eye over everything below there’s also something to be said for a casual stroll along tree-lined streams, lakeside paths, green woodlands and lush farmlands that fill our valleys.  The fells aren’t always for everyone and our […]

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100 years of bringing the forests to life

Whinlatter Forest Park In September 1919 the Forestry Commission was founded to restore the nation’s woods and forests following the First World War. They are now England’s largest landowner and look after over 1,500 forests to benefit people, nature and the economy. Throughout 2019 the newly named Forestry England will celebrate 100 years with a […]

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Unwind with Forest Bathing at Whinlatter

Shinrin-Yoku, the Japanese art of Forest Bathing, comes to Whinlatter led by Jen from Lakeland Wellbeing. Imagine walking slowly through the quiet forest, your feet lightly compressing the soft pine needles underfoot, breathing in the fresh clean air, feeling the breeze and the delicate brush of leaves against your skin as you move gently through […]

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Crummock Water – Our Lakes

Crammed between its upstart neighbour of Buttermere and the tranquil Loweswater, our lakes series casts its eye over Crummock water. Like Loweswater further down the valley, Crummock is often overlooked by visitors who tend to stick to nearby Buttermere.   But Crummock is dramatic and it has much to reward those that can break themselves […]

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